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3 Chargers who are primed to make a big leap in 2022

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Asante Samuel Jr.
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2. Asante Samuel Jr.

Asante Samuel Jr. is also entering his second year in the league as the 2021 draft class for the Chargers is primed to look even better than it already does. Samuel was fine in his rookie season and it is certainly hard to complain about how he played. For his rookie season, he was productive.

That being said, he did deal with multiple concussions and missed time as a result, which really hindered his first year in the league. A good rookie season very well could have been a great rookie season without those injuries but it is just setting the bar for a great year in year two.

Samuel has all the makings of being a talented corner in this league and quite frankly if he was 2-3 inches taller he probably would have been a first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. He is a good athlete with great instincts that lead to him being a great cover corner.

J.C. Jackson being added to the fold is only going to make Samuel's life easier and if he ends up playing more in the slot it will be an even better year for Samuel. Samuel is good enough to be outside on an island but the team could put Michael Davis there and put Samuel in the slot. Samuel is overqualified for the slot and would thrive there.

A Pro Bowl season is probably Samuel's season but even if he does not get the nod to the Pro Bowl he could still take that leap into being one of the best non-CB1s in the entire sport.

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